Goals, goals, goals

We are more than half way through the year, time has no mercy and the year is fading fast.
I thought it was a good time to revisit my crafting goals, not really the best idea as even though I have accomplished quite a lot, I’m nowhere near completing my always growing list of goals. It may just be the fact that I keep getting side tracked and adding to it.

Maybe lists are not the best thing when it comes to creating, isn’t it all about the freedom of art, doing what takes your fancy, doing what makes your creative energy flow.
Well I’m pretty good at giving in to a pattern that jumps off the page, calling my name, over and over until my willpower crumbles as I rush to find the perfect yarn, the right size hook and a little time to make the instructions come alive in front of my eyes. šŸ‘€

You maybe able to see that I’ve been rather good at letting those intriguing patterns win.
In turn my goal list has doubled in size and I’m nowhere near completing my goals, I’m giving it a good shot though. šŸ˜

Will I get all ticked off?

What do think, will I crack it or will I fail miserably?

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My crafting goals for 2017.

Faith’s blanket – Aster. šŸ‘šŸ»

Cassie – black and white Aster šŸ‘šŸ»

Mint coffee Mandala cushion for my room šŸ‘šŸ»

Sam’s blanket – Carousel Blanket. (Wip)

Marly-Kate’s blanket – Nuts about squares (wip) šŸ‘šŸ»

Two Aster blankets which are orders.

Cable blanket (wip)

Finish mum’s two blankets – granny squares šŸ‘šŸ» and mandala madness.

Sophie loves Lillia Bjorn winter blanket – Scheepjes garnet, moon stone, Corundum Rudy, Crystal Quartz, Enstatite, Tourmaline and smokey quartz. (Wip)

Sophie Universe with a twist – Scheepjes crystal quartz.

Sunny Mandala cushion – mixed colours šŸ‘šŸ»

Stardust Melodies cal Afghan – scheepjes softfun in Ecru – for Rich. šŸ‘šŸ»

A day at the grand bazaar (black and white). šŸ‘šŸ»

Atlanticus- greens and blues . šŸ‘šŸ»

Labyinth Mandala Pillow – Scheepjes stonewashed in Black Onyx and Crystal Quartz.

4 cushions – Spanish Mandala (one side), Mint coffee Mandala extended (other side) – (wip)

Mandala number 5 wall hanging. For hoggers šŸ‘šŸ»

Celtic cushions – for Rich šŸ‘šŸ»

A splash of colour to this increasingly grey world.

When it comes to creating afghan’s I tend to stick to what I’m use to and use colours from my safety zone, I think everyone is good at staying safely inside the lines of comfort.
Last week I came across an Afghan pattern that I’ve wanted to make for a while now but just haven’t got around to ordering the yarn pack and making it. The colour palette was based on a black background which makes the other colours pop making a striking blanket.
Working with black has to be one of my favourites but boy its a pain in the ass especially if you are crafting in low light, lately I have been trying to stay away from it for that reason alone.
I decide to bite the bullet and buy this gorgeous yarn pack until I noticed a new colour combo had been brought out.
It’s totally different from what I’m use to, the colours are far from my comfort zone but it somehow just called to me, with one click its was in my basket, a few clicks later, it was brought and paid for, not yet received or even dispatched but soon I will have happy mail at my door and a challenge at my fingertips.
I’m really excited if I’m honest but a little nervous about learning if my mindset of habit will take over the unusual will to use lots of colour. Time will tell.
Yesterday I decided to test myself and I picked 6 colours, some that I haven’t used before, mainly pastels from my stash of favourite yarn and started a new project, I know, I know I shouldn’t have, I have so many works in progress which I have promised myself that I would solely work on in August, not the best start hey, lol šŸ˜‚
It’s funny how colour can change the simplest of patterns, making it stand tall against the norm.
I’m not sure how long this mindset or adventure with colour will last, if I’ll be happy with the outcome or if I will ever finish the projects but for now I’m pretty happy that I’m opening up my mind to the possibilities of colour. And maybe just maybe, colour may flood my life in other ways.

Letting our stories loose on the world

imageBlog – why???
We blog because we have something to say, whether it is personal, commercial, or otherwise. It could be kind of therapy, a job, a passion, inspiration, it can be anything you dream it to be.
With blogging, we let our stories loose on the world.
We put ourselves out there to be measured against others and we take responsibility for our point of view.
Sometimes we all get stuck for new, good ideas and worst of all, we think of the perfect blog while drifting off to sleep but it’s gone in the morning. (I must remember to have a note-book by the side of my bed)

Often I hear a piece of music, some lyrics that touch your soul, and my heart sets alight and creativity fills my soul and I imagine something breathtaking.
This feeling, moment in time is the beginning of my next adventure/blog post. The creation unfolding in front of my eyes.
The page becomes mine, my mind is whirling with magical ideas, not just in writing/blogging but in so many different ways, creating, work, life.
These feelings are the beauty of life.
We are writing our stories with every action, movement, feeling. We are making something wonderful . We are leaving memories in people’s hearts.
We are alive, we have passion, we are our own legacy.